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Covid-19: Extra support for teachers and students

We’ve put together a package of free resources to support remote teaching.

If you have any further suggestions, please get in touch by email or by tweeting @MEIMaths or @Advanced_Maths.

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Teach at Home videos

MEI’s Jo Sibley, who has lots of experience in delivering online tuition, has made a series of videos to help anyone preparing to teach from home. Although they use the BigBlueButton platform, the advice is relevant to users of other platforms.

Jo looks at the basics a teacher might need in order to set up to teach at home, including dealing with audio – types of headset, earphones, microphones. Do you want your students to be able to talk? How to deal with online chat. Types of internet access. To cam or not to cam? Bandwidth issues.

How to prepare your resources for online classroom use, using PowerPoint as an example. Types of activity and content which work well online. How to save as a PDF and loading a PDF into an online classroom.

Jo gives a tour of some of the features of an online classroom. Presentations, chat, user list, permissions for teachers and students, how to know if students can hear/speak, muting/unmuting microphones. Chat on a mobile device. Using status icons.

Dealing with students who can’t hear you – advice on how to check audio, leave and re-join audio, refresh the room, check on equipment status. Using the chat to communicate with students who can’t hear you.

Things to consider in planning for emergency use of online classrooms. Some hints and tips from our experience, for both school management and teachers. Getting in touch with us, and with other teachers who are using online classrooms.

If you need any further advice, please email [email protected] or tweet @Advanced_Maths using #TeachAtHome or #TeachOnline


Access to Integral

Integral®, MEI’s teaching and learning platform, provides extensive resources to support the teaching and learning of AS/A level Mathematics and Further Mathematics.

Schools and colleges in England can register with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) to gain free limited access to Integral via a single shared teacher and a single shared student account.

Schools and colleges in England can register with the Advanced Mathematics Support Programme (AMSP) to gain free limited access to Integral via a single shared teacher and a single shared student account.

Registering with the AMSP grants you a free teacher account to Integral®, enabling you to access extensive resources to support your teaching and learning, including materials for:

  • All of the Mechanics and Statistics content of AS/A level Mathematics, tailored to the specification followed. Other specifications are also available through the ‘more courses’ link
  • All of Further Mathematics, tailored to the specification followed
  • AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics
  • OCR FSMQ in Additional Mathematics – For the specification that will first be assessed in 2019.
  • STEP available through the ‘more courses’ link
  • Core Maths – registered schools and colleges have access to a set of resources to support the teaching and learning of Core Maths qualifications
    These materials are tailored for each of the AQA, Edexcel and OCR Core Maths specifications.

    In addition to the access provided through your shared teacher account, as an AMSP registered school/college, you can also apply for free individual teacher and student accounts for Core Maths resources. These accounts enable teachers to track the progress of individual students.

Another advantage is a free student account to enable your students to access a comprehensive set of short videos to support the learning of AS/A level Further Mathematics. You’ll also have the opportunity to take advantage of our tutoring facilities.

AMSP registration is available to all schools and colleges in England and is free. If you are not sure whether you school/college has already registered, please contact the AMSP admin team.


Integral for Year 11 students

Resources for the AQA Level 2 Certificate in Further Mathematics

MEI offers schools and colleges a subscription which provides individual teacher and individual student accounts, enabling use of the online tests and student management features.

More information

If you are a teacher in an AMSP-registered school or college, you can access the course using your school’s or college's shared Integral account

Resources for OCR Level 3 FSMQ in Additional Mathematics

If you are a teacher in an AMSP-registered school or college, you can access the course using your school’s or college's shared Integral account


Integral for Year 12 students not taking A level Maths

Core Maths Skills course

The AMSP have developed an online course, designed to help students reinforce the maths skills they will need for their level 3 studies. It is ideal for Year 12 students studying non-maths A level subjects such as Biology, Psychology, Geography, Business; level 3 vocational courses; and/or level 3 Core Maths. The course includes full solutions to all questions and automatically marked online tests.

Students can access this course for free by signing up here. If you are a teacher in an AMSP-registered school or college, you can access the course using your school’s or college's shared Integral account. If your school is not registered with the AMSP yet, you can register now for free on the AMSP website.


Further resources to support student self-study and engagement

Here are some further resources that you may wish to share with students:

Free FM Videos

The legacy Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP) produced a large series of short videos to support the content of AS/A level Further Mathematics. These videos are all 5-10 minutes in length and break the content into bitesized peieces. They are designed to introduce students to concepts so that they can learn the material for each section by working through appropriate examples.

Individual videos are provided for each of the four main AS/A level specifications (AQA, Edexcel, MEI and OCR). There are over 1000 videos that have been authored recorded by experienced Further Mathematics teachers.

Collections for each component of Further Mathematics are available as playlists on YouTube.


Online professional development

The AMSP provides a wide range of online professional development courses to state-funded schools and colleges in England that can be accessed remotely.

On Demand Professional Development (ODPD)

A set of on-demand resources comprising short videos with associated materials focussing on a diverse set of topics which are less widely available via other professional development media. Participants communicate with each other and a supporting tutor via online forums.

 Find an On Demand course

Live Online Professional Development (LOPD)

A series of live sessions in an online classroom, on the same evening over several weeks. Typically, the focus is on subject knowledge giving participants the confidence to deliver a component of a Mathematics, Further Mathematics or Core Maths course in an engaging active way.

 Find a Live Online course

In addition anyone can access a series of Professional Development Videos produced by the AMSP:

Professional Development Videos

These provide ideas for how overarching themes and technology can be incorporated into lessons for GCSE Mathematics, AS/A level Mathematics and AS/A level Further Mathematics.

Explore the AMSP Professional Development Videos